Friday Art Feature - It's All Greek To Me

15 February 2013
Our new social studies unit is Early Civilizations - right now we're focusing on Ancient Greece.  This is the first time I've taught the grade 5 social studies curriculum ... and I was SO excited to teach this unit.  I've always had a fascination with Ancient Greece, and on my honeymoon (to Greece, of course), I dragged my newlywed husband to every single museum and ruin in Greece (so much for lying on the beaches - good thing he loves me).

As part of our study of Greek culture, we've been examining Greek pottery.  Next week we're going to break out the clay to create our own Greek pottery (super excited about that), so this week we planned our pieces.  Students could only use orange construction paper and black sharpies to create their pieces to represent the orange clay and blank ink the Ancient Greeks would use.  They had to research the different shapes and uses of the pottery and write the Greek name of the type of pottery they chose.

The pictures look great on display.  I also added some of the summaries the students wrote on an article about food in Ancient Greece.  Next week we'll be adding our actual pottery as well as the brochures about Ancient Greece we've been working on.



  1. A honeymoon to Greece sounds FABULOUS!
    I went through a big Greco-Roman art obsession in college and trekked around New York City, finding every art display I could :)

    This unit looks awesome - I can't wait to see what your kiddos do next!


  2. What a great idea, Jen. The kids must be having a blast. I love the pottery pictures!

  3. Your students' artistic abilities always inspire :) That's a pretty cool unit to be teaching, too. Especially since you honeymooned in Greece!

  4. They came out great! We don't do ancient civilizations until 6th grade, but it always looks like so much fun!

    Teaching in Room 6

  5. You're my hero! I don't know when & how you manage to squeeze in time for Art. I barely get through the core. Your BB came out amazing!

  6. These are awesome! I copied your idea (again!) Have you made the clay pots yet? I am anxiously awaiting the pictures and instructions. What did you make the pottery out of? Thank you so much for sharing all your fabulous ideas!